Latest Dog Posts
- Spring is in the airEven though it looks like snow is coming next week, it still feels like spring is in the air! Our swamp lily is blooming, always a sure sign of spring around here. We are surprised by how dry it is! Compare this photo of the swamp lily from 2017 to the one this year in […]
- Duke Sniffing DandelionsI haven’t posted much Duke content lately and I want to make sure he doesn’t get jealous! Nobody can stand up to a jealous basset hound! We were out on a walkabout and as I was photographing these newly sprouted dandelions, here was my buddy, coming along to check out fresh spring treats.
- Team Tilda – Barn Hunt Class 4-14-2021It was our 2nd week back to classes with Coach Karli after more than a year off. This time, class started earlier in the day, 3:30. That’s an ideal time for Tilda. She’s happy and active and focused in the afternoon. It’s hard to factor the dog’s ideal time of day into trialing, but for […]
- Blue Jay avoids Feeder CamI have blue jays here all the time. We don’t have quite as many this year as we have in previous years. We used to have as many as 3 pairs hanging around. We probably only have one pair and couple that are single and ready to mingle that stop by once in a while […]
- New Bird Photo Booth setupThe tripod that I got with the bird photo booth is good quality, better than I initially thought, however, it’s challenging to squirrel proof it AND it’s somewhat limiting in terms of using the feeder on the angle bracket. Our birds have a big platform and some birds just didn’t seem to like to land […]
- American Robin eating a wormI was trying to get a picture of the first bluebird I’ve seen this year, but I was too slow. However, I was able to capture this American Robin eating a nightcrawler. I *think* this American Robin would be characterized as leucistic but I’m not positive. See how it’s red breast is mottled? That’s a […]
The Toads of our Yard
- A Couple of Toads holed up togetherWell, after the rain happened and there was a little toad party out in the yard, the next morning we found these 2 cuddlebugs. We covered them with a leaf after we took the picture.
- Evening toad huntMSU is having science fest this month and encouraging citizen science to count our populations of wildlife. It was warm & sunny today and this evening was a good rain. We heard a lot of spring peepers. We saw 5 toads and one tree frog and 2 nightcrawlers. No photos of the nightcrawlers or one […]
- Toad PicsWhat’s summertime with some toad pics? And, a squirrel raiding the feeder.
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Meet Our Pets
Female Coonhound Mix
Adopted Date: 3/29/2017
We rescued Tilda as she is affectionately known in March of 2017. She was estimated to be a year old at the time. The beginning of her life was tied to a stake in Georgia until moving from shelter to shelter. She’s now got some titles, RATI and RATN and has become a confident, well behaved companion dog.
Male Basset Hound
Adopted Date: 1/08/2019
Birth Date: 7/11/2011
We initially fostered Duke through Basset Hound Rescue of Michigan in January of 2019. After a couple of weeks though, we knew he was our forever hound. He was surrendered by his owner. He & Tilda have gotten along well and he fits right in here. He loves squeaky toys, playing fetch and catching treats.
Rescued Date: June 2013
The cat doesn’t exactly have a name. We call her “Cat” or “Kitty”. At the vet she is known as June, that’s the month she showed up. She just appeared here one day in 2013 and I fed her a can of tuna and then she became my cat. That’s sort of how cats work. She’s a dog trainer. She’s trained all my hounds to get along with a cat.
Remembering our hounds who are waiting for us at the rainbow bridge. Click their names to read all posts about them.
Our first basset hound, our weasel dog. Our first dog together, Steve’s first dog ever. Quincy was the life of this house and yard. She made us feel like a family. She made our house feel like a home. Cancer took her from us far too young. We miss her.
Lovingly known as Mr. Chip, this goofy hound was meant to be ours. He suffered his first seizure at 6 months old. battled seizure disorder and later Cushing’s disease. He loved food, treats, and us. He knew he needed us and we needed him. He was a good boy.